Jarecki, it's clear, has the talent to make shrewdly pleasurable Hollywood movies. Here's hoping Arbitrage is the first of many.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Gere is one of cinema's great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther. He's the film's most deluxe item.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Arbitrage overcomes some pulpy plot twists and a little anti-corporate sermonizing to become a brisk tale of a financial wizard whose sins have returned to collect a debt.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
"Arbitrage" becomes far more complex than just dramatized anti-corporate polemic, or even a simple fall from grace.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The movie wants to be an instant Sidney Lumet classic along the lines of "Serpico" or "Prince of the City," but it doesn't have the roots. It's new money.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Rather than seeming pat, Jarecki's straightforward cynicism is pointed and purposeful.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It could readily be mistaken for the work of an experienced and justifiably self-confident filmmaker with a nose for newsy stories, a knack for telling them tersely, and a gift for directing actors
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Gere's very good at making Robert's compromises seem more human than horrid. He portrays the philanthropic, philandering patriarch with his customary twinkle.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Jarecki's film has a great performance at its center...
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right.
David Denby - New Yorker
Hitchcock called his most familiar subject "The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused." Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that's what makes the film so ingeniously involving.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I enjoyed it, even as I hustled here and there to keep up with its Wall Street argot. The writing's juicy and effective, and the actors have fun with it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Slick and suspenseful ...
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Mediocre at best.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Its best attribute is Gere's performance. He hasn't been this good in ages.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.
Peter Debruge - Variety
I'm not sure any five pages of this script by director Nicholas Jarecki hold together.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A tight thriller that shows [its] handsome star in fine form as a morally bankrupt financier playing fast and loose with ethics and the law.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
In the end, the moralism of "Arbitrage" feels glued-on rather than earned.
Stephanie Zacharek - Film.com
Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo.
Geoff Pevere - Globe and Mail
The screenplay, written by first-time director Nicholas Jarecki, keeps us guessing, which is one of the best compliments one can pay to a movie of this sort.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Nothing about the plot is novel, but the film easily maintains a low simmer that picks up in the final act, as Miller has to fight to keep his sinking ship staffed.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he's on top of the world - when he's got all those plates humming in unison - that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The main reason to see Arbitrage is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Richard Gere's performance in the sinfully entertaining Arbitrage is too good to ignore. At 62, he is at the peak of his powers.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Aside from Gere's performance, there's really not much to see here.
As we follow the increasingly frantic Gere down his nightmarish rabbit hole, the picture takes a satisfyingly cold, amoral stance - less critique and more cynical observation.
Like something straight out of 1992, Nicholas Jarecki's debut feature Arbitrage ... is a small scale, high-gloss thriller that feels like Wall Street's cousin.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
A Wall Street-thriller blending elements of Chappaquiddick with a pinch of John Edwards and a whole lot of Bernie Madoff.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Richard Gere is terrific and the supporting cast do superb jobs in this fascinating exploration of greed, justice and the law.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
An absorbing character study that teases some vicarious revenge on a perfidious member of the billionaire's club.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
It's the way Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki create sympathy for the devil that makes this so gripping.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Arbitrage is the kind of classily put-together film that actors, filmmakers and grown-up audiences frequently complain no longer gets made.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
This is a gleaming movie about a man with his back to the wall, facing disgrace on several fronts and the possibility of exchanging his Armani suit for prison garb.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Arbitrage is a rewarding, thought-provoking movie that deserves to find a wide audience.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Richard Gere delivers such a charming, layered performance that he overcomes a contrived plot that piles too many financial and personal crises on the central character.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
We are persuaded to root for Miller, even when he is betraying the people he loves best. You'll feel dirty, and well you should after a few hours in this company.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Arbitrage is a slick, intelligent psychological thriller that works to connect public and private immorality.
David Sexton - This is London
An old-fashioned treat.
He's been An Officer And A Gentleman, An American Gigolo and Mr Pretty Woman, now Richard Gere is back in a smart and stylish thriller, Arbitrage.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Gere is matchless in this kind of role. The lacquered crinkle of the smile; the corrugated silk hair; the eyes deep-pouched and glinting like coins in a rich man's wallet.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
What elegant pulp this is, and how inelegantly I gobbled it up.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Like Gere's Machiavellian tycoon, Arbitrage's flaws only start to appear under close scrutiny.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, making his debut picture, has delivered a satisfying, grown-up drama, if not the definitive film about the financial crisis.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Golden Globe-nominated Gere gives a cool and charming performance and is ably supported by Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.
Grant Rollings - Sun Online
Financial crime can be difficult to follow and dull to relate ... But Nicholas Jarecki keeps the paper stuff straightforward and the action interesting by bolting it on to a more conventional thriller plot.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Not a huge amount happens, though suspense does eventually build.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
This may be the role that Gere has been suited for since he first threw on the Armani for American Gigolo.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Gere's charm offsets his character's amorality in what's both slick entertainment and cautionary fable.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Ethically driven storytelling at its best with an outstanding Richard Gere delivering one of his best performances.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
It's the kind of role that fits Gere perfectly these days, his somewhat blank face gradually hardening to the audience as we become increasingly aware of the moral void under the surface.
Paul Gallagher - The List
With his burrowed eyes, perfect hair and flawless wardrobe, Gere brims with a regal air and unsettling chilliness in his best role in more than a decade.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
Gere doesn't give Robert a remarkable amount of depth, but he certainly plays his damaged, agonized soul for all it's worth, even as the movie views him from a coolly removed distance.
Mark Deming - TV Guide's Movie Guide
There are holes in the plot, to be sure, but somehow we don't mind, because for all the unbearable tension of Jarecki's script, the central attraction here is the man in the arena.
It's appropriate that Arbitrage gets its American release while our country is knee-deep in the fight over the fiscal cliff and the future of our financial institutions.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Arbitrage avoids lazy, anti-corporate talking points to tell the thrilling story of a man drowning in his own greed.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
Arbitrage is the story of one rich man's downward spiral where both sides lie to try to get what they want but both walk away empty handed. It all results in a standstill that is about as thrilling as a staring contest.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
For all the satisfying ironies that are dished up... some of what we're served is hopelessly naive.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A crisp, procedural-type throwback to 1980s-style financial world thrillers about rich men behaving badly and skirting danger.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Richard Gere turns in a fine, nuanced performance of a very complicated character, Robert Miller, head of a hedge fund who made a bad financial bet on a Russian copper mine.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Whether there is even the possibility of redemption at the end is part of what makes the film so gripping.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
If there were a movie about Mitt Romney, no one other than Richard Gere could play him.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Inadvertently pandering on just about every level, except for the end credits, which are quite likely intended to rapidly vacate the theater for the next screening.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Not worth a trip to the theater, but it might be worth catching on TV some day you've got nothing better to do.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Contains the kind of conventions that are fun to revisit with a skilled director and a game cast.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
A walk down the seamy side of Wall Street is pulled out of the shredder by Gere's performance, but only barely.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
A tense, well-acted debut from Nicholas Jarecki
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A well-cast Richard Gere is terrific as shady hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
He simply evades and bargains. It's tough to say what audiences are supposed to do with that.
Rob Boylan - Orlando Weekly
This terrific, character-driven New York story about big money, bigger liars, high finance and low, low morals is the best of the recent rush of fine films inspired by the GFC.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
It's a juicy narrative that will keep you interested but it does feel a little staged.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Jarecki's feature debut is handsome and assured, with flashes of insight and the pleasures of a decent procedural. Given the brains and talent invested in it, however, Arbitrage should've yielded greater dividends.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
When it's over, you feel the same chill as its characters, pondering the cold, thin line that slices like a razor between striking it rich and losing it all.
Neil Pond - American Profile
You will learn more about arbitrage from this review than you will from ARBITRAGE.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
A ripping tale of high finance and low ethics, Arbitrage keeps its stocks continually on the rise due to a genuinely brilliant lead performance from the much-maligned Gere.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Richard Gere is in top form in this smart, layered and thrilling financial drama.
CJ Johnson - FILMINK (Australia)
All of the characters are pretty darn unlikable. But when they're played by such a capable cast in such a tightly constructed story, you may not mind so much.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Writer/director Nicholas Jarecki makes his feature debut with this refreshing movie, a combination of intelligent, grown-up writing and entertaining, audience-pleasing filmmaking.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
... a tightly written, sharply acted melodrama with a Tiffany gleam.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A muddled tale of a corporate high-flying huckster brought low.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Aided by one of Gere's better performances, rookie Nicholas Jarecki directs with an acute perception of pace which makes this film exceptional.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
His moral guidelines are just as complicated and self contradictory as our own
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The rich show they are different in this superb thriller in which honesty and dishonesty are bedfellows... a sophisticated film that grapples with many issues ranging from the superficial to the nitty gritty
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It boasts solid performances from Gere and Sarandon, yet feels overly familiar, even predictable, at times.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Playing a character that's almost entirely unsympathetic, Gere demonstrates the outward charm that's allowed Miller to accumulate his wealth and status, as well as the abyss-staring soul his showmanship conceals.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
These Wall Street magnates... they're taking their hits as the villains of the day in post-Enron, post-AIG, post-Lehman Brothers, post-Bernie Madoff America. The breed is getting its just condemnations, but...
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Savvy, slick and suspenseful financial thriller.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Arbitrage is the latest in a long line of movies with touches of Alfred Hitchcock's DNA. The film reverberates with themes such as deception, ethical ambiguity, and the impact of fate.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
This isn't a film that invites you to identify with its leading character ...
D.K. Holm - Cinemonkey
The best part of Gere's overall "je ne sais quoi" is the fact that the man can act.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Any cinema venture featuring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon is sufficient reason to invest a couple of hours.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Arbitrage" is one of those films that doesn't rely on flourish to succeed, and in the end, it's probably better off without it.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The latest 'Richard Gere under pressure movie.'
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Competent, glossy thriller gussies up the familiar and articulately updates to the new Gilded Age. . . but with uncomfortable sympathy for the man at the pinnacle of the 1%.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
Gere's performance never takes the obvious route, but instead parries with self-delusion, noble instincts, and the moxie that made Miller what he is in every sense
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Gere makes Robert's amorality appealing, which in itself conveys Jarecki's message about the seductive nature of Wall Street corruption.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
First-time writer and director Nicholas Jarecki has given Gere a juicy, complex character in billionaire financier Robert Miller, and he just runs with it.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Tense, taut, suspenseful, and Richard Gere is fabulous.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Juicy, smart, engrossing financial thriller boasts assets aplenty in its portfolio.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Straddling the line between celebration and vilification of its nasty protagonist, Arbitrage plunges into the world of corporate fraud with chilly detachment.
Nick Schager - Paste Magazine
An elegantly crafted potboiler that fires on all cylinders, giving Gere his juiciest role yet.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
The real standout is Tim Roth as a streetwise New York City detective who's seen it all and can spot a liar a mile away.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
It moves a little slow, but for me it had me from the get-go. I wanted to know what's gonna happen next; surprised when the film took it's various turns and it made me realize that I never wanna be this rich, way too much responsibility.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Richard Gere is the only real reason to see 'Arbitrage'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
With a story like this, you need strong, compelling performances and wow did we get them. Richard Gere, along with Michael Douglas, is my favorite rich guy. They're 1 and 1A and in this Richard Gere is beyond watchable.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage is at once a beautifully complex, effortlessly compelling legal thriller and a heated, passionate political allegory, working wonderfully on both levels.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
But Arbitrage crackles back to life when Gere is on screen racing around New York City frantically trying to keep his house of cards from collapsing down around him.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
For the first two acts, Jarecki paces out the story's various twists and turns quite well.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Giving the tale an extra dose of reality is Richard Gere.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Primetime dramas share similar plot points, but Gere elevates the proceedings with a positively commanding performance - his finest in ages.
Erick Weber - NECN
Unfolding in somber tones and among hard surfaces, Arbitrage has the slickness of new bank notes and the confidence of expensive tailoring.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
"Arbitrage" is a mirror on the audience, making us realize that we're complicit, if only vicariously, in some crimes which we ought to deplore.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A shrewd satisfying thriller with a magical twist in Gere's performance. Instead of a demonized tycoon - Bernie Madoff as Satan - we see a fully-realized character.
Caryn James - James on screenS
There's a touch of Hitchcockian flavor to the Arbitrage's cat-and-mouse thrills, yet the film clearly announces that there's now a third gifted Jarecki brother (in addition to Eugene and Andrew) to contend with in the moviemaking business.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
"Arbitrage" gets away with a few crime-flick cliches because it's also a thoughtful character study.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film.
Amy Nicholson - Movieline
Even if you're put off by their hot-and-cold-running-cashmere lifestyle, it's ultimately impossible not to be moved by a daughter who is heartbroken when the father she worships betrays her.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Paced like a slick '80s thriller but themed for millennial relevance, "Arbitrage" splits the difference with a confidently cruising Gere.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Although it never ties together as securely as it should, Arbitrage carries itself with a confident sense of gloom and panic, keeping the mysteries at hand persuasive despite storytelling that flames out instead of building ominously.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Gere has always excelled at portraying smooth, elegant men who know a little more than everyone else in the room. But in Arbitrage he's playing a different note: Desperation.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Basically a high-toned soap opera, the lick but shallow movie is entertaining enough on a lowbrow level.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
An ethically revealing film about a New York billionaire who's a member of the winning-class.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Gripping and provocative..doesn't go quite where you expect. It may not be as sharp-edged as Margin Call, but it comes close.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The depiction of money as the ultimate motivator should inspire most viewers to mutter, 'What else is new?'
Matt Pais - RedEye
Gere's best shot at an Oscar?
A well-crafted dramatic thriller with a rare braininess and a deeply unsettling undercurrent.
If not for Gere, whose ever-wearying performance suggests a man who is as fed up with himself as we are of him, this could have a very different movie.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The director's first stroke of genius is in convincing you to empathize... with Robert, the puppetmaster who seduces everyone around him...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Here's an old-fashioned thriller-cum-morality play that trades in compelling characters and sharp storytelling.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
"Arbitrage" is a fine showcase for the silky talents of Richard Gere, who's so smooth here you could spread him on toast.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Arbitrage as a title may confound audiences, but maybe that's the point. An inner circle shop talk, insider trading manipulation of money, this Wall Street Noir intimates a secretive financial world from which most of us are excluded and manipulated.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
For this story to work, writer/director Nicholas Jarecki had to include enough back doors to fill the scare floor at Monsters Inc. for a week.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without Margin Call didactics, or the misplaced empathy of The Company Men.... It's simply good trash. You get the feeling that J.R. Ewing would approve.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Richard Gere, always reliable but underestimated actor, gives one of his strongest, most dominant performances in Jarecki's taut thriller, one that should finally garner him Oscar nomination.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Nicholas Jarecki's screenplay may remind you of one of those paperback thrillers people devour, but his savvy direction and Richard Gere's best performance in years make the movie as a whole wonderfully satisfying entertainment.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Sex, wealth, paternal swagger-all of the colors come out of Gere in a showstopping performance.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
First time feature film director-writer Nicolas Jarecki gives us an assured debut and a film that is more than a calling card, it is a full-blown introduction to a career that can only get better and better.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Enough of all this whining about the millions of regular people ruined by the financial collapse of 2007 - how about a movie sympathizing with one of the unfortunate guys responsible?
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
If the film covers well-tread territory (a morally bankrupt player trying to prolong his own influence), it does so with pinpoint control of mood and theme.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
[VIDEO ESSAY] Republicans will love this movie. It will make everyone else want to hiss.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Tim Roth turns in a momentous performance as a detective in a movie showing that billionaires do not always have it made.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
'Arbitrage' switches genres mid-movie and pulls you every which way dramatically but never connects you to any emotions that matter.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Arbitrage is competing between the narrative form of the corporate thriller and the inherent corruption and irresponsibility of those embedded in the industry. Unfortunately it breaks even.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Two movies in one- only one of which is good. Despite it's flaws, Gere is incredible in the performance of his life.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Contrivance does indeed flare up, but that's part of the fun, all the more reason for a fat cat to squirm and sweat over the course of a week in his life and 100 minutes of running time.
William Goss - The Playlist
Jarecki invests his film with a great sense of pacing and tension. It's a well-crafted plot, effortlessly juggling financial and family drama, with a Colombo-esque complication nipping at its heels.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
The stakes of Arbitrage never feel quite high enough, no matter how good it all looks.
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
Between Gere matching wits with a police detective played by Tim Roth and him having to explain himself to the steely Sarandon, Arbitrage is never dull.
Noel Murray - AV Club